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April 16 – May 29, 2021


Gallery Walk Through with Artist Keltie Ferris from Speed Art Museum on Vimeo

Keltie Ferris: *O*P*E*N*
October 6, 2018 – February 3, 2019

Keltie Ferris Spray Paints in Solitude
New York Close Up


b. 1977, Louisville, Kentucky Lives and works in New York

Keltie Ferris is known for his mostly large-scale canvases covered with layers of spray paint and hand-painted geometric fields.  Ferris’s pixilated backgrounds and atmospheric foregrounds create perceptual depth that allows for multidimensional readings of his work.  Characterized by a continuously expanding investigation into painting, his practice considers a multiplanar site for constructed light and shifting space. In his ongoing series of body prints, Ferris uses his own body like a brush, covering it with natural oils and pigments and pressing it against a canvas, to literalize the relationship of an artists’ identity to the work that he or she produces.

Keltie Ferris was born in Kentucky in 1977 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated with a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2006. Recent solo exhibitions include FEEEEELING at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York (2021); *O*P*E*N* at the Speed Museum, Louisville, KY (2018), (F(U(T()U)R)E) at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York (2018), M\A\R\C\H at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York (2017), Body Prints and Paintings at the University Art Museum at SUNY Albany, New York (2016); Paintings and Body Prints at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York (2015); Keltie Ferris: Doomsday Boogie at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles (2014); Body Prints at Chapter NY, New York (2014); and Man Eaters at the Kemper Museum, Kansas City (2009-10). His works have been included in group exhibitions at institutions, including Saatchi Gallery, London (2014); Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Texas (2014); The Academy of Arts and Letters, New York (2014); Brooklyn Museum, New York (2012); the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis (2010); and The Kitchen, New York (2009).  He was recently awarded the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in Painting by the Academy of Arts and Letters.

All images © Keltie Ferris.